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Brubaker (1980)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  20 June 1980 (USA)
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The new warden of a small prison farm in Arkansas tries to clean it up of corruption after initially posing as an inmate.

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When the new Warden comes in disguised as an inmate, he sees first hand all the corruption and scams the guards and prison officials and running. When he reveals himself, and starts to implement reforms to stop the corruption, the local business community, who had been benefiting from the scams, fights back, and the corrupt southern prison system, starts making political trouble for the new warden. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,100,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The real-life gaol used to play the fictitious Wakefield State Penitentiary was The Junction City Prison Farm in Junction City which was about fifty miles out of Columbus, Ohio. The gaol was built in 1904, had been decommissioned two years prior to filming and had had its own history of riot and rebellion. The film's Wakefield Penitentiary is based on both the Tucker and Cummins State Prison Farms in Arkansas. See more »

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In a restaurant scene, a Conn's Potato Chip sales display can be seen. Conn's are only made and sold in Ohio, not Arkansas. See more »

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Richard 'Dickie' Coombes: I don't get men like you, you're all dangerous men. You start wars and you let other people fight them, you come in and say 'do this, do that, think this way, walk this way', you put a sign in some fool's hand and say 'follow me around I've got the whole thing figured out, so you can change things for the better! Well that's a lot of bullshit! There's only one thing you do - that's get people killed!
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Excellent film rendition of the Thomas Merton story
18 September 2004 | by (New Orleans, LA) – See all my reviews

This was a well put together film for the period in which it was done in the late 70's. Redford who has always been a social reformer placed an emphasis on communicating the dedication of the Brubaker character in this role.

If you happen to live in the Deep South where prison farms have used convicts as virtual slave labor for years, you can appreciate the story

as well as the attitudes of the government and local officials who are portrayed. If you are not from that kind of background, then it is a revelation for you.

This film is a portrayal of the attempt at prison reform in Arkansas undertaken by Thomas Murton. In the process Murton discovered untold corruption and evidence of multiple murders by previous prison administrations. When he attempted to bring this to light he was threatened with charges of grave robbery.

I would heartily recommend this film. It is one of a kind.


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